Animal welfare: A well-treated animal is a productive animal

| May 4, 2015

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All animals have basic needs, including food, water and shelter. But animals also have a need to be treated well. This includes living in a comfortable environment, being with other animals, and avoiding situations which create stress.

When animals receive proper care, there are tremendous benefits for the owner. Well-treated dairy cattle give more milk, grow larger, have healthier offspring, and produce better quality milk.

This script was written by a Canadian agrologist with many years of experience in livestock husbandry and animal welfare. The script introduces some of the basic concepts of animal welfare, and uses a simple story of a man, his son and their cow to illustrate these concepts.